Shooting Major League Baseball in an Empty Stadium During the Pandemic


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Professional sports leagues such as the NBA and MLB have returned to action without fans in attendance due to COVID-19 pandemic safety measures, and there are still sports photographers on hand to document the games. Boston-based photographer Paul Rutherford made this 4-minute video showing what it’s like to shoot a pro baseball game in an empty stadium.

After getting his gear ready at home, Rutherford drives to Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox are hosting the Baltimore Orioles. Rutherford goes through the security checkpoint, where he has both his camera bag and his temperature checked.

Rutherford then needs to

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My Experience With My First Gallery Exhibition


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I originally moved from the UK to New Zealand in search of a place that allows me to spread my artistic wings and really obtain that deeper level of natural landscape beauty. I ended up in Wellington, the national and artistic capital of NZ, where everything and anything goes.

Art and inspiration are all around you — it’s a photographers dream.

Previously, I came from a business background but was always incredibly taken by photography, and so I always look around with a composite photographers’ eye. My passion would drive me to constantly show my work to people I know

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Batman Intro Remade with Toy Figure, Household Items, and Light Painting


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Photographer Arjun Menon loved watching the highly-acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series growing up, and he recently recreated an iconic shot from the opening sequence using an action figure, household items, and light painting.

“The opening sequence is so wicked it didn’t even need a slate for titles,” Menon writes. “I wanted to attempt to recreate the scene with things I had at home. Wanted to match perspectives and get it just right.”

Just for reference, here’s the original shot Menon was aiming to recreate:

Menon started out by gathering a bunch of things from around the house to create

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Developing ECN-2 Motion Picture Film at Home


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If you’re a film geek like me, these numbers should look familiar, 5203, 5207, 5217, and 5219. These are the film stocks Kodak Motion Picture offers to film directors and cinematographers. Since 2014, Quinten Tarantino, Martin Scorcese, and J.J. Abrams partnered with former Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke, to spearhead an effort in protecting the use of celluloid in the motion picture industry.

Since this effort, these stocks had gained significant popularity in the film stills community. The stills community is hungry to shooting film stocks often shot by Hollywood big shots like Christopher Nolan. However, it presented some issues

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This Guy Wore a Face Camera for a Year and Built a VR Time Machine


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San Francisco-based inventor Lucas Rizzotto spent all of 2019 wearing cameras on his face. He then built a virtual reality time machine that lets him relive any memory from the year by simply punching in a date and time.

Rizzotto shows how the project was done in the 28-minute video above, which exaggerates some aspects of the project for comedic/dramatic effect (and warning: there’s some strong language). Here’s an 18-second video showing the gist of how the time machine works:

Rizzotto

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A Full Commercial Food Photo Shoot: From Concept to Shooting to Editing


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In this 35-minute video, I go through my entire process of shooting for my commercial portfolio. During the COVID-19 lockdown, I have had more time to focus on my book, which will hopefully help get me back out there when everything opens up again.

At the start of this video, I talk about how to get noticed as a photographer in the commercial world and the importance of having a very specific and niche style of work in order to be hired, even though you are often booked to shoot completely unrelated jobs. After this, I go through my process

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How to Build a Wall-Mounted Battery Charging Station on the Cheap


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Photographer and YouTuber Duncan Dimanche has posted a quick tutorial that’ll show you how to create your own DIY wall charging station on the cheap. Depending on your needs this setup can cost as little as $60, and the results look almost as good and functional as some of the more serious builds we’ve featured.

If you’re a pro and you want to do this for your studio, you may want to put in the extra time to build something a bit more full-featured like this custom charging board we featured in February. However, if you’re looking for something “quick-and-dirty”

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How to Create a Basic Home YouTube Studio for Less Than $100


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If you’ve been thinking of trying your hand at vlogging or starting a YouTube channel, it might surprise you to learn that you can create a nice-looking “YouTube Studio” setup at home for less that $100. In this video, Boston-based videographer Kellan Reck takes you step-by-step through the whole process.

Reck is a filmmaker by trade, primarily working as an editor and cinematographer for the Boston Red Sox baseball team. As such, he knows a thing or two about capturing a good-quality footage with really nice gear, but as he explains in this video, you don’t have to break the

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How to Set Up a Basic Photo Studio at Home Using Only One Light


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Filipino portrait and wedding photographer Jiggie Alejandrino recently released a great beginner’s guide to creating a basic photography studio at home. In the video, he shows you how you can set yourself up to take beautiful portraits using just one light, a 5-in-1 reflector, and not much else.

The setup itself is extremely simple, and can be done even if you don’t have the nice light stand and reflector holder that Alejandrino is using. He’s simply using a single speedlight, and shooting it through the diffusion material that makes up the innermost layer of the 5-in-1 reflector.

The reflection material

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How I Shoot Insect Macro Photography in My Home Studio


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Insects and other animals have fascinated me since I was a small child. I remember well how I used to pick them up and simply stare at them in wonder for hours. The concept of photographing insects indoors had been on my mind for years, even when photography and playing with light was a hobby, and long before I considered photography a profession and way of life.

The Coronavirus lockdown limitations, somewhat ironically, granted me with rare free time to re-ignite the desire to engage in the macro photography of insects. The opportunity to spend time experimenting with this genre

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A Deep Dive on JPEG Quality and What Export Settings You Should Use


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Photographer Jamie Gillies recently went down the deep, dark rabbit hole known as “JPEG quality.” Now that he’s emerged on the other side, he’s sharing the knowledge that h’se gained so that you too can understand how JPEG quality works, and what export settings to use for the best possible results.

Gillies’ 37-minute deep-dive on JPEG quality can be broken down into 5 broad parts (once you get through the 2-minute intro):

These Eerie Portraits Were All Shot ‘Inside’ Miniature Sets


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Cubes is a new photo series by Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Seb Agnew that consists of 9 conceptual portraits. Here’s the twist, though: all of the locations seen in the photos are actually miniature sets.

Agnew first had the idea for this project back in 2018 when he was looking at three separate 3-story apartment buildings across from his kitchen window.

“Most of the times, curtains block the view to what happens within the walls of these privately owned apartments,” the photographer says. “Sometimes, I see lights turn on and off, a TV flicker or the silhouette of a sole person

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Capture Creative Splash Photography with this Simple DIY ‘Catapult’


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Matt Huber over at YouTube channel The Garage Learning has put together a fun and creative walkthrough that takes a different approach to splash photography. Instead of manually throwing water onto his subject, he designed a simple ‘DIY catapult’ that does the job much better than he can.

Huber originally came up with this idea years ago, while trying to up his commercial splash photography game. He needed something that was easy to build, affordable, but consistent enough for professional results. That’s how he came up with the ‘bungee cord catapult’ made of a piece of wood, a bucket, a

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How to ‘Magically’ Remove Glare from Glasses in Photoshop


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Unmesh Dinda over at PIXimperfect has released another exceptional photo editing tutorial that you’ll want to bookmark if you shoot portraits. In this video, he shows you a detailed step-by-step method for removing glare from glasses in Photoshop—something all of us have probably had to do at one point or another.

As Unmesh explains at the very beginning, this is one of those situations where Photoshop can only do so much. You need some level of detail to work with underneath the glare—if it’s all gone, you’re simply out of luck. Your best bet is always to take multiple shots

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How to Capture Professional 360° Product Photos with Basic Gear


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Dustin Dolby of Workphlo is back with another helpful product photography tutorial. Using only minimal gear, Dolby will show you how to create professional-grade 360° product photos—an increasingly sought-after skill for e-commerce photography.

Most of the setup is extremely minimal, as most of Dolby’s home-studio setups tend to be. He’s using an old Nikon D5100 with a kit lens and a Yongnuo YN560 III speedlight with the corresponding trigger. The flash is placed inside a strip box, which is suspended above a smartphone-controlled Miops Capsule—a motorized ‘pod’ that’s typically used for capturing time-lapse photography or panoramas.

To perfectly center

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My Unusual Journey in Image Creation and Photography


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My name is Mike Keesling, and I have what I think is an interesting perspective on image creation and I wanted to share it with you.

I grew up in a creative environment. My parents were both artists. Our house was the San Fernando Valley hub of the counterculture in the ’60s and ’70s. My father did light shows for Tina Turner, The Who, Pink Floyd to name a few. Busses full of hippies, painted on the outside, collaged in the inside would stop off at irregular intervals, unload tanks of nitrous oxide, pile into the pool, do their

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Photos of Flowers from a Freezer


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These days we’re all trying to come up with new photo ideas to do around home, but how many of you have thought, ”Hey, I’ll freeze some flowers in water?” That’s a new one for me, but fortunately I know someone here who does that, and she’s happy to share her secrets.

Susan Pfannmuller is a long-time freelance photojournalist in Kansas City. As such, she covers everything from news to sports to concerts to small-town parades, and she’s been doing that for a long time. So when assignments slowed down about two years ago, she wanted to find something

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How to Use the Underrated FTP Transfer Feature on Sony Cameras


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The FTP transfer feature in the Sony α7 Mark III (and other newer Alpha models) doesn’t usually get a lot of attention. Sure, with all the modern technologies and apps, it’s easy to overlook this humble feature. But when it comes to transferring RAW and JPEG files, FTP can really hold its own.

In fact, it has several important advantages:

6 Wacky DIY Smartphone Rigs: How to Build a DIY ‘Gimbal’ and More


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The folks over at COOPH have released a “Best of DIY Smartphone Rigs” video that covers some truly wacky ideas. From a DIY ‘gimbal’ to a scary looking spinning rig, there are at least a few ideas here you definitely haven’t tried yet.

The video describes six creations in all, each showing various levels of ingenuity (or is it insanity) to create a variety of janky stabilizers and motion control rigs for the smartphone shooter on a budget. Whatever you think of the usefulness of these ideas, you have to give COOPH points for creativity.

The ideas covered include:

How to Make a Portable DIY Camera Battery Charging Board


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The filmmakers over at Threefold have created a DIY battery charging board with a very useful twist: it’s portable. And in the video above, they break down exactly how you can build your own version to suit your on-the-go creative needs.

This definitely isn’t the first DIY battery charging board we’ve featured on PetaPixel, but most of the builds we’ve seen in the past are meant to sit permanently in your home studio. The difference with Threefold’s board is that it was built to follow them along from shoot to shoot.

This is incredibly useful for video teams, of

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